Troy resident’s goose inspires students on bus

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published April 27, 2011

 Susan Cicerone’s imaginative costumes for the goose she keeps on her porch inspire Hamilton Elementary students who see the goose on their bus ride to school.

Susan Cicerone’s imaginative costumes for the goose she keeps on her porch inspire Hamilton Elementary students who see the goose on their bus ride to school.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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Troy resident Susan Cicerone was going through a rough patch last month.

She was gearing up for tax season at the accounting business she started after losing her job last year, and she was battling a fierce cold.

Somehow, she found the energy to dress the cement goose she’s kept on her porch for the past 15 years in a leprechaun costume in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

“It was hard keeping my deadlines and desperately keeping my new clients happy, all while feeling like death warmed over,” Cicerone said.

On March 24 Cicerone received a handwritten letter from the Hamilton Elementary school students who ride bus No. 63 past her house every school day.

Tina Matar, who drives the bus, said in the letter that the kids say hi to Cicerone’s goose every morning and always look to see what it’s wearing.

“The children say hi to your goose and watch to see when Goosey Goose has a new outfit. They get such a kick out of it. Thank you for giving them something fun to look forward to,” she wrote.

In response, Cicerone made a special sign on her porch for the children to read and delivered cookies to the bus depot for Goosey’s admirers. The sign read “Lookie who has a cookie.”

On tax day, April 15, Cicerone received more thank you mail and artwork from the kids and “Miss Tina.”

Cicerone dressed the goose up as the Easter Bunny April 20 so that the kids could see it on their last day of school before the Easter holiday, and she delivered special Easter treats to the kids on bus No. 63 to enjoy on their way home that day.

The goose wears about 15 different outfits, including a bridal gown and costumes for numerous holiday.

“Some people have flags. We have a goose,” Cicerone said.

“I’m amazed at their timing of coming into my life,” she said. “What a wonderful bus driver and such a great bunch of kids. Words fail me to express my gratitude … It is the small things that count.”
 

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